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Martin Chester: Inspiring Corporate Adventures

Look Outside” is more than just sound advice, it is a complete philosophy . . .

Martin Chester's philosophy

Creative adventure is at the heart of everything I do. Looking over the next horizon, round the next corner, and looking outside our comfort zone for ideas and inspiration. I have helped British Cycling to look outside their own knowledge for tutor training and coach education models; I have helped the British Mountaineering Council look outside to Sailing and even Football to develop their Talent Pathway. The NetNames Senior team leaders looked outside the usual models for business leadership, to explore leadership in the great outdoors for inspiration; and Alstom Power looked outside conventional risk management models to see what they could learn from the world of avalanche education and safe travel.

The All Party Parliamentary Mountaineering Group on the summit of Snowdon

Whether you want to look outside the norm to bring a little creative adventure into the board room with an inspiring session to help your team think differently; or whether you would like to get the whole team into the great outdoors for something refreshingly different, I have a pretty rare combination of the skills you might need.

As an International Mountain Guide I can take you and your team wherever you would like to go, but more than that: as an experienced company director; and having managed teams of up to 35 people, I understand the challenges and rewards of stretching your teams, and ourselves as individuals – just enough!

Having delivered decades of coach education for talented teams, National Governing Bodies, and operated at the pinnacle of the outdoor “Train the Trainer” pyramid (as Director of Training at Plas y Brenin National Mountain Centre) I have the skills you need to ensure your next team adventure is the best yet. From facilitating creative meetings, to complete corporate adventures; From one to one coaching to team events and workshops; I offer so much more than just motivational speaking.

So much better than the average Board-room!

Read down to find out more about the fantastic teams and the extraordinary things we have achieved, as well as the testimonials to find out what they thought. Then get in touch to discuss your bespoke requirements.

"World of Outdoors" - Opening Keynote for the Western Australia State Trails and Outdoors Conference 2015

This dynamic industry conference takes place every year, and the team from Outdoors WA always try to attract the most relevant and current industry experts to provide the keynote and open the conference. As co-author of the successful OIA/Sport England “Getting Active Outdoors” project, I was invited as a guest...Read More »


National Conference for Leaders of Outdoor Education in schools

It was a pleasure, once again, to both attend and contribute to the National Conference for Leaders of Outdoor Education in schools. This annual event brought politicians and industry experts together with the teachers who have the greatest impact on the...Read More »

Independent Coach Education - National Conference for Leaders of Outdoor Adventure Education

Independent Coach Education deliver the Annual Southern Conferences for the Leaders of Outdoor Education in schools. This conference addresses the most fundamental questions underlying the considerable resources which schools devote to their adventure programmes – what are the benefits, and how can that be measured? As always, there was a wide range of speakers and sessions to...Read More »

NetNames - Senior Leadership Team

NetNames Team Leadership Day

NetNames get their Senior Team Leaders together from around the world once every quarter. This is an important opportunity to plan ahead and co-ordinate the priorities and tackle the current issues in the business. I was invited to bring some...Read More »

British Mountaineering Council - Coaching Symposium


The annual British Mountaineering Council Coaching Symposium has become one of the most important weekends in the climbing coaching calendar.

This year, the symposium was held at Plas y brenin, the National Mountain Sports Centre and The Beacon Climbing Centre. I delivered on numerous sessions throughout the weekend, including:

Working as a Mountain Guide - The Outdoors Show at ExCel London

In my role as the Publicity Officer for the British Mountain Guides, I was invited to give a talk on the Careers stage at the Outdoors Show at ExCel in London. This video of the presentation will tell you all you need to know about the history of Guiding, what...Read More »

Climbing expert and coach for Hidden Talent on Channel 4

Hidden Talent was an exciting TV project for Silver River Productions. The premise is that many ordinary people may harbour a talent that they are (as yet) unaware of. Our job was to select a potentially talented climber from nearly one thousand members of the public, and to complete a...Read More »

The New Coaching Award Scheme in Climbing

Director of Development at Plas y Brenin, Martin Chester, has been instrumental in the development and launch of the all-new Coaching Award Scheme. Working with  a team of nationally recognised experts for Mountain Training alongside the British Mountaineering Council, Martin spent three months completing an award scheme that is already...Read More »

Parliamentary summit on Snowdon


Obesity is the new smoking, and inactivity now results in more premature deaths in the UK. This has been the topic of debate behind the Britain on Foot campaign, which aims to get the population of the UK up and active. We are not talikng fanatical sport here, just...Read More »

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